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September is National Recovery Month

Did you know that September is National Recovery Month? This yearly observance celebrates the fact that mental health and substance use disorders are treatable conditions from which recovery is possible. The message is that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults has a mental health or substance use disorder. In 2013, nearly 35 million U.S. adults received mental health treatment or counseling (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration - SAMHSA). Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use cost the U.S. over $700 billion per year (National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA). According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), there were over 1,658 confirmed opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2015.

The theme for this year’s Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery! The month’s sponsor, SAMHSA, seeks to encourage people to talk about their experience with mental health and substance use disorders and the reality of their recovery.

For more information, please go to:

Massachusetts Organization for Addition Recovery (MOAR): http://www.moar-recovery.org/

SAMHSA: http://www.samhsa.gov/ 

NIMH: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml 

NIDA: http://www.drugabuse.gov/ 

MA DPH: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/ 

MGH 2016 Recovery Month Calendar:  MGH 2016 Recovery Month Calendar


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This content was last modified on: 09/01/2016

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